grate


1grate

verb \ˈgrāt\
grat·edgrat·ing

Definition of GRATE

transitive verb
1
archaic :  abrade
2
:  to reduce to small particles by rubbing on something rough <grate cheese>
3
:  fret, irritate
4
a :  to gnash or grind noisily
b :  to cause to make a rasping sound
c :  to utter in a harsh voice
intransitive verb
1
:  to rub or rasp noisily
2
:  to cause irritation :  jar <a voice that grates on the nerves>
grat·er noun
grat·ing·ly \ˈgrā-tiŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin of GRATE

Middle English, from Anglo-French grater to scratch, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German krazzōn to scratch
First Known Use: 14th century

2grate

noun

: a metal frame with bars across it that is used in a fireplace or to cover an opening

Full Definition of GRATE

1
a :  a barred frame for cooking over a fire
b :  a frame or bed of iron bars to hold a stove or furnace fire
c :  fireplace
2
:  grating 2
3
obsolete :  cage, prison

Origin of GRATE

Middle English, from Medieval Latin crata, grata hurdle, alteration of Latin cratis — more at hurdle
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

3grate

verb
grat·edgrat·ing

Definition of GRATE

transitive verb
:  to furnish with a grate

First Known Use of GRATE

1547

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

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